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Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to Steve Schlomann

Stop Radical Restriction of our Education!

As you may have heard, the School District of Waukesha has rolled out a Managed Apple ID system. If you follow the link in the email sent to all School District of Waukesha, you will see that under a Managed Apple ID, among other things, our App Store, iTunes Store, and of course, Facetime and iMessages, are restricted.  Our App Store has already disappeared. This will mean that we have the inability to download any apps not on Self Service. Self Service misses foundational educational apps such as Youtube, GraphNCalc83,, and countless other language, math, english, and other priceless resources for accelerated learning.  Make no mistake: This new development is harming our ability to use our iPads in the way they were intended to be used. As a way to expand our educational opportunities.  Why punish all students for a few students mistakes? Yes, there are students that abuse the iPads and there are apps that do not contribute to our learning, but it is impossible to sort through every app on the App Store and discern which is which. By restricting all apps, they are limiting our choices to how we learn to a select few options.  Sign this petition today to let Steve Schlomann and other School District administrators know that this is not the way to build better schools! Please encourage your parents and parents of other Waukesha Students to sign this! Their support holds even more weight as they often are the ones paying for our attendance to Waukesha schools.   

Amanda Schuman
1,122 supporters
Update posted 1 day ago

Petition to Google, Inc, Sundar Pichai

Have Google Translate offer American Sign Language services.

CONTEXTToday, Google Translate offers translation services in over 100 languages, including Latvian, Samoan, Welsh, and others. In no capacity, however, does Google Translate offer translations, images or videos of American Sign Language (ASL)."Nearly 2 million cannot understand normal speech, and of this number, just under 500,000 comprise the deaf community (those who use ASL)," according to a study by Project MUSE. In theory, this makes ASL the fourth-largest language in the United States after English, Spanish, and Chinese.The ASL community deserves not only acknowledgement, but support and prioritization from all other communities, regardless of how we each respectively communicate.  WHY GOOGLE SHOULD BUY-INProviding Google Translation services is a means to remove barriers between human interactions, to build relationships, and to foster unity. By creating an option for users to view ASL videos or images, Google increases awareness of the ASL community and eases their struggles in a world of sounds. Recognizing ASL as a language on Google Translate shows respect for how many individuals independently communicate their stories with this unique method. This is a viable market with consumer interest that only strengthens and enhances the Google brand. In fact, the Google Play store offers an Android-exclusive app known as "ProDeaf Translator" that currently has a 4.6/5 rating and almost 24,000 reviews, indicating a clear demand for these services. THE FINE DETAILSAccording to the National Institute of Health, ASL is "a complete, complex language that employs signs made by moving the hands combined with facial expressions and postures of the body." ASL IS A LANGUAGE. As a universal tech tool for the all communities, Google Translate does not specify its use as limited exclusively to written language, but instead declares its intent to allows users to "connect with peoples, places, and cultures across language barriers. "That is exactly what an ASL Google Translate option does: it empowers human connections for a giant portion of our society. It recognizes and validates that you do not need to speak to have a voice and to be heard.

Lauren Cooper
79 supporters
Update posted 2 weeks ago

Petition to Kelli Linville, April Barker, Gene Knutson, Daniel Hammill, Whatcom County Council, Bellingham City Council, Michael Lilliquist, Pinky Vargas, Terry Bornemann, Roxanne Murphy

Bellingham Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Network

Publicly Owned Fiber Optic Internet As other cities embrace high-speed fiber broadband, Bellingham is getting left far behind. Our city has underutilized public fiber resources and several local Internet Service Providers eager to deploy high speed broadband, like they have in Mount Vernon, yet this is held back by rules and regulations that have not kept pace with technology. Fiber would: Create an opportunity for a public access component to make ultra high speed internet broadly accessible in public spaces, provide higher quality low-income connections to those in need, and guarantee a level of internet access to all. Give Bellingham a strong standing among Washington cities, and create valuable infrastructure that we could continue to build on in the long-term. Create jobs: Fiber would draw companies to the city, provide jobs for construction and maintenance, create new internet service providers and other innovative businesses that are made possible by ultra-fast broadband. Reduce Our Impact on the Environment: Fiber would reduce the need for travel to take place for meetings. It is also very durable and usually requires less maintenance than old infrastructure wiring, like copper wiring.   Increase property values: Wiring for fiber-optics has been shown to increase property value approximately 1% Provide a network our government could leverage to deliver data from current and future ‘smart grid’ sensors including those used for parking management, resource monitoring, air quality, muni and other needs. Over the long term smarter management could save the city money and increase our tax base without increasing taxes by reducing unemployment and creating good jobs.

Jon Humphrey
543 supporters